GlobeMed at the University of California–Los Angeles partners with the Nwoya Youth Center in Anaka, Uganda to help educate and empower Ugandan youth to live healthy lives.
GlobeMed at UCLA + Nwoya Youth Center
GlobeMed at the University of California – Los Angeles | Los Angeles, California
Nwoya Youth Center | Anaka, Uganda
In 2010, 46% of Uganda’s population was under the age of 15. Only 42% of Ugandans have access to a health facility to receive vital vaccinations to protect against preventable diseases.
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About the Partnership
Founded in 2008, GlobeMed at UCLA is partnered with the Nwoya Youth Center in Anaka, Uganda. Together, they work to fight inequities in sexual health among the adolescents of the Nwoya District.
The Nwoya Youth Center offers free reproductive health services for young people aged 10-24 years in the town of Anaka, Uganda. Founded in a former refugee camp, the project goal is to reduce new HIV infections among young people by 20% in the Nwoya district. The center is one of five in Northern Uganda and works under the Straight Talk Foundation to provide the community with free HIV testing and counseling, educational visits to schools, and weekly forums for several groups including girls and boys, young mothers, teachers, parents, and HIV positive youth. Since 2008, GlobeMed at UCLA has raised over $15,000 to support the Nwoya Youth Center’s sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
GlobeMed at UCLA is aiming to fund the Sexual Health Education, Outreach, and Intervention (EOI) Project in partnership with the Nwoya Youth Center. Youth in the Nwoya district will be reached primarily through schools, health centers, community centers, and disability unions. The project will include sub-programs such as sanitary pad distributions for adolescent girls, condom awareness and education, counseling and outreaches to special needs groups such as Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), HIV-positive adolescents, and more.
The Sexual Health EOI Project will impact the lives of over 1,000 youth in the Anaka sub-county as well as several neighboring sub-counties of the Nwoya district.